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4 Free Things To Do In and Around Phoenix - November 2012

By November 19, 2012

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This week you can say hi to fish, see a movie, control your body and be your own boss.

Now that the holidays officially arrive this week -- I refuse to acknowledge holidays before Thanksgiving! -- this list will become short, soince so many activites are holiday related. Many of them are free to attend; you can take a look at the Big Holiday Festival List here.

This column includes activities and programs in the Greater Phoenix area that have free admission. If you are looking for fundraisers, seminars, workshops, and other community programs that have an admission charge, or where donations are expected, I have a separate column for those. I call them "Phoenix Area Programs, Fundraisers & Events" and you can find those listings in my blog. They tend to cover a wider range of dates than a week, because advance registration is often required. For a long list of programs and festivals that are annual events in Greater Phoenix check the calendar.

Now that the holidays officially arrive this week -- I refuse to acknowledge holidays before Thanksgiving! -- this list will be rather short throughout the rest of the year. So many activities are holiday-related and many of them are free to attend. You can take a look at the Big Holiday Festival List here.

What: Welcome Back the Trout
When: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Tempe Town Lake
The City of Tempe and the Arizona Game and Fish Department will host as the public comes out to watch as thousands of rainbow trout are released into the lake. Arizona Game and Fish will conduct a free fishing clinic starting at 3 p.m. About 100 free loaner rods, reels and bait will be available during the event, along with instruction and tips from seasoned anglers. People with their own fishing gear can also fish at the event without a fishing license (during event hours only; a license is required at other times). Information on obtaining a license for future use can be found at www.azgfd.gov/eservices/licenses.shtml.

What: Family Movie
When: Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Dobson Library, 2425 S. Dobson Road, Mesa
Watch a flick, snack on popcorn, and enjoy quality time with the kids. Thanks to a generous grant from District 3 Councilmember Dennis Kavanaugh, the Meeting Room will transformed into a community theater. Showing: Pocahontas, rated G.

What: Five Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss
When: Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - CANCELED
Where: Phoenix Public Library, Yucca Branch, 5648 North 15th Ave., Phoenix
This presentation will educate you about how the body and metabolism works, why most diets don't work, the true value of being healthy and fit, how food, water, and medication play a roll in your health and how pain limits a person from achieving their full health potential.

What: How to Be Your Own Boss
When: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Where: Public Safety Building Auditorium, 14250 W. Statler Plaza, Surprise
Are you ready to be your boss? Do you know what it takes to start and run a business? Class topics will answer the following questions: What is entrepreneurship? How do I decide which business to start? How do I research the market or business I'm contemplating? What are the various types of financing? How do I market my business? How do I make my business legal by following all the laws, including basic tax requirements? For information or registration call 623.222.3242. Register early as space is limited.

More Freebies

If you've arrived at this page and find that the event dates have past, check my recent blog entries for more Free Things -- I write about free things to do in Greater Phoenix several times per month. Also, check that same blog list for another column on upcoming fundraisers, walks, runs, seminars, workshops and programs that might interest you.

If you know about a free event that's open to the public that you'd like me to consider for this weekly column, complete and submit this form at least 8 days prior to the event and I'll consider it.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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